come in from the cold

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To gain widespread acceptance in a group or society, especially where there was not any before.
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Long an outsider in Western politics, Portugal came in from the cold after the 1974 Carnation Revolution.

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come in from the coldIn espionage parlance, for an undercover spy to return to the spy agency office or protection.
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